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Q essay: Closing science libraries is a tragedy

posted Jan 13, 2014, 6:58 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated Jan 13, 2014, 6:58 PM ]

Q with Jian Ghomeshi
CBC - Radio
Monday, January 13, 2014 

Irreplaceable science research may be lost when Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries across the country are closed down, researchers fear. (Experimental Lakes Area/Canadian Press)

Irreplaceable science research may be lost when Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries across the country are closed down, researchers fear. (Experimental Lakes Area/Canadian Press)

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In today's opening essay, Jian decries the forthcoming closure of several Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) libraries. The DFO plans to shut down seven of its 11 libraries by 2015 -- a cost-cutting measure that Jian calls not only a mistake but also a tragedy.


"The government, for its part, says the closure of the scientific libraries are part of an ongoing digitization program, that no relevant data will be lost, and ultimately -- and most importantly-- the consolidation and digitization will save the taxpayer money," he said.

"And yet the scientists who have spoken out in the last few weeks -- some anonymously, for fear of reprisals from the government -- have said that is patently untrue. Valuable data is being lost, forever, specifically due to the speed with which these libraries are being closed."